We like to take credit for what later we see as obvious but the cross was not part of the original choices; it came by way of the choices that proceeded it.
First design decision was to break the deck into two sides with a middle break board; second design decision was to picture frame the perimeter.
From these choices made, a cross appeared that we accented by switching from yellow wood to green wood.
From the drawing board to the installation of the collaborative ideas of what the proprietor wants. I enjoy the whole process.
I only give ideas of what I’d like to build that corresponds to the vision of the property owner. Those two have to merge in my world. I don’t want to build anything that won’t look good in my esthetic opinion; I don’t want to build what I think won’t hold up in the years to come.
I desire to build something that takes monumental presence and creates a setting that fortifies the spirit and soul; something that brings refuge to the heart and mind. Clean lines are part of the equation. Defined boarders to rely on. Look at the image; its premise holds energetically. A structure fortified that won’t warp and pull apart by Florida’s seasons: the relentless summer sun and year-round thunderstorms.
When the work is done: a unique product stands as a stronghold. Resembling nothing that I’ve ever built before, yet, adds elegance, dignity, and style. A Mercedes-Benz of fences stands.
Less than a week after returning from Alaska, Anna started speaking about teaching English in Korea. In my mind’s eye, I imagined people sitting around make shift tables eating stale cookies and drinking day old coffee learning english, but that is not the case with Anna. She will be part of a Korean school and she will be their english language teacher.
We couldn’t be more excited and as a family we took her to the airport this morning. By tomorrow, she will be landing in Seoul, Korea.
We wish you great success Anna!!
Some projects are more straight forward, conventional in how we solve the eventual outcome.
Not this project. It began as a concept: platform steps to an outdoor spa. When I first drew up the plans, there was a post for every step; the steps would have three boards each.
The weekend before we started building, I started not liking the idea of so many post; awakened in the night, my mind offered up a solution, attach the handrail post outside the band.
A moral contract is established once a client engages my service.
It becomes my undying desire to find their endpoint design.
My present project has me up early this morning going to Home Depot to purchase material so that I can build a model to work out what will be the design best suited to their purpose.
To no avail, just spent the last three hours trying to downgrade a fence I had formerly built because the client balked at the price that said fence would cost: due to its specific components. Take away a few key pieces and the fence is no longer the fence they had originally liked.
At this point, it’s not what they like: I have to like what I build. Though ultimately they have to agree that they like my choices.
There is no wisdom in giving people what they want: too much is being built by people who give people what they want; that’s why we see so many fences in various stages of disrepair and fences that lack beauty.
I said it before but I feel it is true: beauty is affordable.
But to get there is takes some work.
I have to start over and build a mock up specific to the outline of said fence though towards a budgetary mindset. Hopefully, I will land upon a design that satisfies everyone.
Back to Home Depot, I go…
My ideas usually start with sorting through different board sizes that now populate areas of my living space. The boards left over from various projects shape what comes to hand.
It’s not enough to have an idea without seeing first hand what it will look like. And sometimes its just a matter of solving ratios, discovering what proportions fit best.
But it also involves the accidental; meaning choices made that come by chance.
Thinking I need a particular size board and not finding it but finding another size and seeing a new way of thinking about the project at hand.
In New York City in the 1960s, there were a group of artist that play down art as object, confining their work to an idea. It’s fun to discover them now well into the first century of the 3rd millennium. They have had time to have worked long enough to leave a legacy.
On Kawara, starting from January 4, 1966 began documenting- in the language and grammatical conventions of the country in which the painting was executed- the date.
His work brings to mind another conceptual artist, Jasper Johns who is quoted at saying he picked the American flag as his object of inquiry because by not having to think about his subject matter something else may arise.
Each of Kawara’s “Date Paintings” are hand painted with calculated precision. If he could not finish the painting on the day it was started he would destroy it.